Jonnu Smith: I missed quality time last offseason, trying to take advantage of it this year

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Tight end Jonnu Smith‘s first season with the Patriots wasn’t as successful as anyone hoped it would be when he signed with the team as a free agent and part of the reason for that may have dated back to the offseason.

Smith, who had 28 catches for 294 yards and a touchdown last year, recounted the reasons why he missed time during his first months as a member of the team when he spoke to reporters on the first day of OTAs in New England. He also noted that missing that time has made him more aware of how much he can gain by being a full participant this time around.

“I had a baby, man, so I definitely missed a lot,” Smith said, via Zack Cox of NESN.com. “And then in minicamp, I had [an injury], so my offseason was choppy. I had some great things like my baby girl being born, and I had some unfortunate setbacks, as well. I definitely missed some quality time here, man, and I recognize how valuable that time is. I’m just trying to take advantage of that.”

Smith said he believes there’s “a great team-bonding element” to offseason work and that “everything else on the field will take care of itself” if the team creates strong bonds at this point in the calendar. It will be some time before that theory is put to the test and any leaps Smith can take in his productivity would be a big plus on that front.

10 responses to “Jonnu Smith: I missed quality time last offseason, trying to take advantage of it this year

  1. I hope these excuses he’s coming up with actually turn out to be the reason that he did nothing throughout the entire year. For the amount of money he’s making, he needs to make a huge impact.

  2. Great now lets see it instead of just talking about it. Like Jones I’m also looking forward to seeing if and how much he improved over last year.

  3. Just like the people who said that Amendola was a bust after his first year.

  4. If and how much he improved over last year.

    ++++++++++++++

    No players on offense side under Belichick the garbage improved in 2nd year or later, except Edelman who worked extensively with Brady.

    The assertion that Belichick the garbage developed QB and WR is just an imaginary halo his believers put above his head.

  5. Belichick drafted Brady in the 6th round as a compensatory pick. Brady was brought to tears thinking about how unwanted he was by NFL teams.

    Bill sat a number one overall pick to play a raw Brady. With less than two minutes on the clock John Madden told a super bowl audience the Patriots should play for OT and run out the clock. Belichick told his young QB and underdog team to play to win and they did.

    In the next 3 years they would win two more super bowls, lose a perfect record 3 years layer in the last minute of a super bowl after a fluke catch put the Giants in a position to win.

    Belichick and the Patriots would send more stars packing including Beast Mode and Seattle’s Twelfth Man on the best defensive play in super bowl history.

    Arthur Blank would come down on the field to celebrate the anticipated first Falcons super bowl only for the television audience see the Patriots comeback in the face of him and his wife.

    Finally, the Patriots defense would cripple Sean McVey’s Rams offense, holding the Rams to single digit points.

    Belichick sat with Brady each week to go over the week’s game-plan and coaching him up on the defenses he would face and how to attack them.

    Ad hominem attacks on Belichick calling him “garbage” are the musings of a the deep pain the Patriots have imposed on much of the NFL.

  6. beentherebefore says:
    May 24, 2022 at 1:11 pm
    Just like the people who said that Amendola was a bust after his first year. Danny showed a hell of alot more than smith in year one.

  7. Mark Twain said, “Never argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience”.

    Cheers to the haters!

  8. beentherebefore says:
    May 24, 2022 at 1:11 pm
    Just like the people who said that Amendola was a bust after his first year.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    I was worse, I thought he was a bad acquisition the moment the Pats acquired Danny Amendola, shows what I knew. I thought he was going to spend half his time on injury reserved.
    Boy, did he and the Patriots prove me wrong. I ended up loving watching him play. What a warrior.

    William Lee, you are entitled to your opinion, but I will rarely make comments on your texts in the future. I don’t know why, but I feel you are obsessed to the point of insanity regarding your thoughts on Bill Belichick. So nothing I can say will change this.

    Tigerlilac, I appreciate reading your texts. Thank you.

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